Politics Makes For Strange Bedfellows

Nice little piece by Mitch on the Brodkorb pity party and kumbaya with the liberal media. Last line is the key. (emphasis mine)

And I’m thinking his solicitousness toward Brodkorb is going to be a new corollary to Berg’s 11th Law (“The conservative liberals “respect” for their “conservative principles” will the the one that has the least chance of ever getting elected”); perhaps “the Republican that Democrats don’t pelt with rocks and garbage is the one that does their throwing for them”.

Anything that hurts the GOP is encouraged by the liberal media. Republicans are experts at tearing each other apart. Its easy because we know what will turn our own off. That doesn’t make you a good person.

How You Win The Governor’s Race In MN

Beat the living  crap out of your opponent. Mark Dayton did just that to Jeff Johnson.

2014 Guv race chart

The MN CFB has a great report out. It includes side by sides for each House race as well. Party spending. PACs. Candidates. Major donors. Well worth the download. $34 million was spent on election in Minnesota in 2014. That excludes all Federal elections (US House & Senate)

 

Dayton Pushes Controversial Bonding Bill

While Legislators are bogged down on the budget impasse, Governor Dayton has thrown gas on the partisan fire by introducing a bonding bill.

Source: Strib

Gov. Mark Dayton will announced his $850-million bonding bill Tuesday, which is expected to fund construction projects and create jobs across the state.

Characterized as a jobs bill, the legislation comes even as leaders in the Republican-led House have said they don’t have plans on proposing a bonding bill this year. Bonding bills have to originate in the House, and as a result, the Senate may follow suit. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, said late last month that he instructed Senate leaders to come up with options in case a bonding bill is produced.

Normally, Legislators spend the entire odd year of a session battling over projects for the bonding bill. Dayton is throwing this in to an already burdened budget year.

Its almost like he is trying to cause a shutdown by preventing a budget agreement from taking place.

MN Media Rushing To Democrat’s Aid On Budget Bloat

If this MinnPost headline doesn’t expose the bias in Minnesota political reporting, I don’t know what does.

Senate budget seeks to bridge gulf between Dayton and GOP
By Briana Bierschbach | 03/27/15

 

Bias?

Yes.

In the negotiations to craft Minnesota’s next two-year budget, Democrats in control of the state Senate are casting themselves as the wise old sages of state government.

That was the dominant theme of a Friday morning press conference revealing the DFLers blueprint for a $42.7 billion budget, which will cut taxes less than Republicans in control of the House want and spend less than Gov. Mark Dayton wants. With a nearly $1.9 billion budget surplus to spend, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk said the key ingredient in their budget is pumping $250 million into the state’s budget reserve to help provide a buffer from future budget deficits.

It is true there is a large gap between what Governor Dayton has proposed and what House Republicans have proposed. The problem is that the Senate Democrat proposal is not a compromise as implied.

House GOP: $39.95 Billion

Senate Dem: $42.27 Billion

Dem Dayton: $42.79 Billion

Are the Senate Democrats really being reasonable? I mean does their offer that is almost as much as Dayton’s really a grand compromise?

I mean MinnPost even included a graphic from MMB that clearly shows the Senate Democrats’ proposal is almost exactly the same as Dayton’s. And the image is an interactive one on MinnPost’s site that displays the proposed budget amount for each one if clicked on.

chart

 

People on the right often complain why Republicans can’t win and why Minnesotans are so likely to vote Democrats. I contend that they don’t know any better. The way the news in Minnesota is presented is biased towards supporting the liberal policies of Democrats.

The facts of the matter is spending is growing at out of control increases every budget cycle. Democrats are actually trying to claim that the proposed Republican tax cuts could lead to future budget deficits…. But they ignore how the massive spending increases would do exactly that same thing.

Democrats want to spend the surplus. That’s the headline. That’s the story here. But instead, the media in Minnesota is devoted to spinning the Democrat lies and misleading voters.

Dayton’s Free Pre-School Push Scam

Here’s a glimpse at where the rubber meets the road in Governor Dayton’s latest union kickback initiative: All day pre-school. Source: ABC Newspapers

“Space and staffing are probably the big changes that would need to be made,” she said.

Space is at a premium in the Anoka-Hennepin School District.

Currently, Anoka-Hennepin provides preschool programming for 1,250 kids, about two-thirds of those 4-year-olds. With programming lasting only two to three hours on a given day, the district can use one classroom for multiple groups of students, which full-day preschool does not allow.

Almost 2,875 4-year-olds live in the district this year, according to census data. If the district maintains a similar number of 4-year-olds in 2016 and two-thirds of those kids enroll in pre-K, that means Anoka-Hennepin has to make space for almost 1,900 4-year-olds. Staffing at a 20:1 ratio would require 95 classrooms.

“While we welcome being able to support early learners, there are some significant space considerations that would have to be figured out,” Kerr said.

Currently, preschool classes are held in various elementary schools, the Educational Learning Center and strip malls across the district.

Dayton’s current funding source is one time surplus money and as the Anoka Hennepin administrators point out, it likely won’t even cover all the costs to actually implement this unneeded mandate. Where the funds will come from at the local level to cover the costs of finding more classrooms and facilities is unclear. So is where the funding will be found for future budget cycles.

Didn’t we just add all-day kindergarten? How much did that added mandate stress school district budgets? But more importantly, is it paying off?

If you ask me, this was just another payback for the unions by Dayton in return for them working so hard on his reelection.

Legislation Happens At The Capitol Not Your BPOU Meeting

Some people think its impossible to hold their Legislator accountable and feel they have no other option but to complain to others about that online or at a Party meeting. They attend a meeting or two or three and get something in their party’s platform or agenda, but low and behold, it doesn’t miraculously become law and that person determines they are disenfranchised and encourage others to be as outraged as they are……

They rail against the party and Legislators as a whole because their idea didn’t become law even though that’s not how it works. That’s not how any of that Constitutional Governance works….

Look, I am not trying to mock people, I am trying to educate people on how to be effective. I see so much disinformation and people stoking faux controversies online I had to speak up. I’m mocking to get your attention so that you will allow yourself to be educated in how to get things done. That is after all why most of us are involved in politics isn’t it? To get better laws passed?

If you want to change legislation, the place to do that is not at your BPOU meetings. Its at the Capitol. That’s where they write and vote on legislation.

I  challenge you all to contact your Legislator on a regular basis. They even encourage it.  Its not that hard. 

How do I contact my legislator? How do I let a representative or senator know how I feel about an issue?

You can call, email, or write a letter to your legislator’s office. Email is most effective if it is not a blanket mailing to all members. When sending an email, remember to include your name, postal address and phone number.

Contact information: Representatives | Senators

Find out who represents you

They even go on to give your helpful Do’s & Don’ts. Like:

“Don’t threaten legislators”

Have you contacted your Legislators lately? Whether or not you have a Democrat or Republican representing you? Because the foot soldiers of Marxism are bombarding ALL Legislators with hundreds of contacts daily to grow Government and erode freedoms and liberties.

No seriously, go visit the Capitol and talk to your Legislators at their job where they do the work you want to influence. They even give you directions and tell you where you can park…

There are thousands of lobbyists and special interests who already know all of this and show up every single day to badger Legislators into passing or opposing laws. The 201 Legislators at the Capitol are outnumbered by those lobbyists and special interests.

Maybe before you devote all your time and energy into being outraged online  and planning a monthly meeting to encourage others to be as outraged as you…. Maybe you could try to calmly contact your Legislators and talk to them.

Contact information: Representatives | Senators

Find out who represents you

Minnesota Aims To License Illegals To Drive, What Could Go Wrong

01-how-about-no-bearWhen people break a fundamental law, why would they care to follow all the others? Source: PiPress

Advocates of a push to grant driver’s licenses to people living in the country illegally packed a Minnesota House hearing Wednesday, at times breaking into tears as supporters explained how the change would affect them.

The move has support from a broad coalition of businesses, religious leaders and law enforcement officials who say it will make roads safer as more people take driver’s safety tests and buy car insurance. But some argue giving licenses to those without legal resident status will make it easier for them to commit voter fraud.

Ana Serrano told the House Transportation Policy and Finance Committee that the move would help her parents, who immigrated from Mexico years ago. They rely on her older brother to drive them around Willmar because they can’t legally obtain driver’s licenses.

State Rep. Rod Hamilton, who’s carrying a bill to make the change, said he initially was skeptical of the idea. But the Mountain Lake Republican said the he since has realized the effect on public safety the move would have.

Public safety officials also think no one should own guns, fence in their yards, and that they should be able to listen to phone calls and read emails with out a warrant….

I can’t begin to describe how maddening it is that any Republicans are supporting this red carpet for voter fraud and amnesty. . .

Arrest That Man

Remember when Governor Scott Walker sent the Wisconsin State Patrol after Democrats who fled the Capitol to prevent their lawmaking body from passing Walker’s policies? Many on the left thought it was dangerous and excessive.

Well, in Minnesota there is a push to make it clear as day that Legislators can be arrested during the Legislative session.

If only we could arrest the Legislators responsible for forcing MNSure and all the taxes on us in …..

Apparently there is nothing better to do over there.

 

Dayton & Betty 180 Degrees Apart On Obamacare & MNSure

Did Dayton Screw Up MNSure?

The United States has a population of roughly 318,000,000. Take a look at what an entrenched left wing ideologue who doesn’t have to fave voters to be held accountable had to say.

McCollum Obamacare Tweet

 

This was done on the very same day that left wing ideologue Governor Mark Dayton finally admitted he had been ignoring reality all along on Minnesota’s failed version of Obamacare called MNSure.

Kill MNsure? Maybe, Dayton says

Gov. Mark Dayton said Monday that he is open to abolishing MNsure, the embattled health insurance exchange he has championed and defended from Republican attacks.

That’s the most drastic option Dayton mentioned in a letter calling for a task force to study “future options” for health care reform in Minnesota.

Dayton said the task force could consider:

— Replacing MNsure with a federal health insurance exchange.

— Keeping MNsure but seeking a federal waiver to make major reforms.

— Simply making minor adjustments to shore up the agency.

“The task force would consider all conceivable options,” Dayton wrote in the letter to legislative leaders.

Gee. Those were all of the things that his Republican opponents were saying a year ago that were flatly denied by Dayton and the press. Heck, up until 1 month ago, Dayton and Minnesota Democrat leaders were claiming everything was working just fine.

But on one hand you a have a Washington Democrat praising Obamacare but on the other you have a Minnesota Democrat admitting the ruse is up and MNSure (the State version of Obamacare) is an absolute failure in need of drastic fixes or all out scrapping.

Well main stream media. What side of this argument are you on now?

And do you think maybe the DFL Senate & House Republican Caucuses in Minnesota have beefed Dayton to let MNSure die because they are on the ballot in 2018 and MNSure is an even bigger mess than previously admitted?

Don’t forget, they just had to lower enrollment goals again for next year because consumers have seen through the fog and realized its better to shop in the real private market without Government interference.